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Mary Alice (Howell) Alexander

109 Smohalla Court
Waleska, Georgia
Home: 770.720.4285
Work: 770.720.1274



What song most reminds you of your school days?  
The Great Pretender
What teacher most influenced you? 
Miss Ogle
Who were your best friends at Central?
Lindia Caldwell, Treva Jay. Helene Kirby (we 'found' each other at a UDC convention!), Rosalind Hale, Sandra Denton
Memorableexperiences: I could actually recognize and be recognized!

What is your most memorable experience at the reunions?
I could actually recognize and be recognized!
What are your fondest memories of Chattanooga Central High School?
Working on the Digest, Gym Staff, Battalion, May Day (eternal apologies to Max Smith....),Military Balls and football games at Chamberlin Field.
My Life Since Graduation
I graduated in the last class (1969) from the University of Chattanooga. It became UTC and I worked in the Admissions Office for a year before moving to Atlanta and working for Oglethorpe University in Admissions.

I lived in Albany, New York for seven years where my daughter was born in 1975.  It was wonderful to travel into Manhattan for theatre and shopping and I dispel the notion that New Yorkers aren't friendly.  I still have wonderful friends there despite moving back to Atlanta in 1981.

I have a grandson who will be three in October. They live in Oxford, MS. Elisabeth, my daughter, attended Ole Miss. I have a two year old Airedale and a four year old Wire Fox Terrier and a calico cat of unknown age.

I have been involved with fundraising and consulting all of my professional life. I conducted fundraising campaigns for the Atlanta Humane Society, Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta, Historic Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Reinhardt College and currently Airlift Hope Southeast (a regional arm of Mercy Medical Airlift). Please do visit www.AirliftHopeSoutheast.org and www.MercyMedicalAirlift.org to see the many wonderful programs available for access to medical care through air charity and charitably assisted services.  I am most proud of our Air Compassion for Veterans and HSEATS programs.

I am a 40-year member of the Junior League, active member of the Shepherd Spinal Center Auxiliary, National Museum of Patriotism, and serve on the volunteer arm of Department of Veterans Affairs, Mt. Vernon Ladies Association, charter member of The National WWII Museum, charter member of the National Museum of the American Indian, USO, Fisher House Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, The Civil War Naval Museum. Save Georgia's Historic Flag collection and a 30 year member of the National Rifle Association.  I would encourage everyone to take their grandchildren to visit The National Museum of Patriotism in downtown Atlanta.  I was honored to attend a museum sponsored luncheon last year honoring 25 Medal of Honor recipients.  It was inspiring to meet these 'ordinary men who did extraordinary acts of courage'.  Lee Greenwood was there and sang 'God Bless the USA'.

I was appointed by Governor Zell Miller to the Georgia Civil War Commission. I served as Chair for two years.  I am a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (served as Georgia Division President for two years), National Society of United States Daughters of 1812, National Society Sons and Daughters of Antebellum Planters.

I collect vintage costume jewelry, pre-1928 Books of Common Prayer, early 20th century Beatrix Potter books, and first edition children's books.  Now, don't I sound like fun at a cocktail party????